Assessing English Language Proficiency A Training Module. PUBLISHED AS PART OF THE LEP STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVE GRANT Department of P-16 Initiatives Texas Education Agency In collaboration with The Institute for Second Language Achievement (ISLA) Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and
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PUBLISHED AS PART OF THE LEP STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVE GRANT
Department of P-16 Initiatives
Texas Education Agency
In collaboration with
The Institute for Second Language Achievement (ISLA)
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
JoAnn Canales, Ph.D.
Professor, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Assessment is addressed by Standard VI
of the English as a
Second Language (ESL) Standards
Assessment is also Competency 007
on the TExES for ESL Certification
You can use the FAT32 conversion tool to easily convert your hard disk to the FAT32 file system. However, before you convert file systems, you should read the following information carefully:
If you didn’t make a Windows 98 Startup Disk, before you convert to FAT32, you should create one by following the steps in the ”Using the Startup Disk” section earlier in this chapter.
You shouldn’t convert any drives on which you also want to run an operating system that doesn’t support FAT32. Also, if you’re running Windows 98 and another operating system in a dual-boot environment, converting your primary disk drive to FAT32 may cause the other operating system to be unusable. This is true even if the other operating system is installed on a different drive.
If anti-virus software is running, it may detect the request to update the partition table and book record and prompt you to allow the updates. If this occurs, instruct the anti-virus software to allow the updates.
Once you convert to FAT32, you can’t compress stored information or convert back to FAT16 unless you use a third-party partition management utility designed for that purpose.
Reading (K-2) – Formative assessment, using grade level rubrics found in the TOP Rater Manual, based on the following types of activities:
Writing (K-12) – Formative assessment, using grade level rubrics found in the TOP Rater Manual, of 3-5 writing samples, including academic and non-academic work, taken at time of rating. Examples of writing taken from TEA website may include:
Journal writing for personal reflections
Science Example 1: (6th – 8th grade)
Scientists tell us that there are hundreds of asteroids that could collide with the earth anytime. One such asteroid did in fact collide with the earth millions of years ago during the time of the dinosaurs. Describe where you think this asteroid might have hit the earth and what kinds of physical changes took place afterwards.
Imagine that you have just heard on the news that an asteroid is going to hit the earth in a few days. Describe ways that scientists will try and keep the asteroid from hitting the earth. How will people react and what will you do?
Science Example 2: (9th-12th grade)
You are given two test tubes, one labeled Protein Q, the other labeled Protein Z. How could you tell if these tubes really contained different proteins? Outline the experimental procedure you would follow.
Social Studies Example 1: (6th – 8th grade)
Step back into time to the 1600’s. You are a woman with lots of intelligence, lots of ideas and lots to offer the world. Write an entry in your diary explaining your frustration because you are about to get married to a man you don’t even know. Your marriage has been arranged by your parents and you have no choice but to marry this man. He is quite a bit older than you. You are much more interested in using your intelligence and education for something. Write in your diary about what you want to do, and why your society probably won’t let you.
Social Studies Example 2: (9th – 12th grade)
An important function of the United Nations is to help settle disputes between nations. Describe how one dispute was handled successfully, point out how the settlement illustrates a general strength of the United Nations. Describe also how one dispute was handled unsuccessfully, pointing out how this illustrates a general weakness of the United Nations.
Describe the characteristics of the party system in the U.S. illustrated in the cartoon below.
Language Arts Example 1: (6th – 8th grade)
The main character in this story is an eighth grade girl who overhears her teachers arguing about her. She is a straight A student and seems to do well in class. Describe what you think the teachers are discussing and what it might have to do with the green and gold “Scholarship Jacket”.
Language Arts Example 2: (9th – 12 grade)
Use a picture or a cartoon and ask students to create a story depicting what they see.
Grouping: Assign students to groups of 2
Each of you has a pattern that you are going to ask your partner to draw. BE SURE that your partner does not/cannot see the pattern. Sit back to back and take turns describing your particular pattern to your partner. Be sure to call each shape by its name, e.g., Draw a triangle in the upper right hand corner. Be specific and remember to use the terms we have learned in math class. Each of you has 10 minutes to describe your pattern to your partner.
Scoring: Use the TOP rubrics for listening and speaking
Listening (K-12) – Assess formatively, using a rubric, during informal and formal academic tasks. A rubric is provided on p. 23 of the TOP Rater Manual found on the TEA website. Examples of activities provided on the TEA website include:
Speaking (K-12) -- Assess formatively, using a rubric, during informal and formal academic tasks. A rubric is provided on p. 24 of the TOP Rater Manual found on the TEA website. Examples of activities provided on the TEA website include:
Cooperative group work
Adapted from B. Mace-Matluck, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)
1.The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more
4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the
7. Since there is no time like the present, he
thought it was time to present the present.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. I did not object to the object.
11.The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12. There was a row among the oarsmen about
how to row.
13. They were too close to the door to close it.
14. The buck does funny things when the does are
15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a
16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his
sow to sow.
17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18. After a number of injections, my jaw got
19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a
20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you comb through annals of history but not a single annal?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
Have you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are absent? Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Met a sung hero or experienced requited love? Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable? And where are all those people who are spring chickens or who would actually hurt a fly?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it?
A fifth-grade student arrived from his home country, El Salvador, last year with no prior formal education. He is now in his second year in a Texas school and is receiving bilingual and ESL services. He is still at the beginning stages of Spanish literacy development, English language development, and academic development.
What would be the state policy with regard to the assessment of academic skills in this student’s case?
A middle school ESL teacher is working with a group of ESL students whose English-language abilities vary. Which of the following would be the most appropriate strategy for evaluating the progress of students who are at different proficiency levels in English.